“Shameless” actor Steve Howey tweeted — and then deleted — a joke Thursday about President Barack Obama, jokingly comparing the commander-in-chief to the Ebola virus.
“People shouldn’t be so scared about this virus from Africa. He only has two more years of his presidency,” he wrote.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: Actors/husband & wife Steve Howey (L) and Sarah Shahi attend the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival screening of 'The Road Within' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. David Livingston/Getty Images
One Twitter user replied, “I’m actually livid. LIVID,” and urged others to unfollow Howey.
Ignorance. RT @reelstevehowey: People shouldn't be so scared about this virus from Africa. He only has two more years of his presidency.— Arianne Young (@Bettykiss) October 3, 2014
Howey ended up deleting the tweet containing the joke and basically ignored the people who were apparently so offended by it.
The actor's publicist apparently wasn't talking about the joke either on Friday.
Though there was some outrage, many other Twitter users thought the joke was funny:
@reelstevehowey I thought it was funny... 839 days and counting— pauljalessi (@pauljalessi) October 4, 2014
All the wussies criticizing Steve Howey are humorless self absorbed babies who have absolutely no sense of humor. #Losers— Franci (@LadySandersfarm) October 4, 2014
#stevehowey's twitter joke was hilarious and so true. I'm sure his haters say much worse about people they disagree with.— Susan Leonardson (@TangerineSus) October 4, 2014
Steve Howie tweeted then deleted: "No need to worry abt the virus from Africa. He only has two more years in office." LMAO!! @reelstevehowey— TX Libertarian (@MTWTwoPoint0) October 3, 2014